Quinoa and Avocado SaladWe have been wanting to try quinoa for a while, and now finally have! Quinoa is considered one of the healthiest foods and has even been dubbed a “superfood”. You can read more about the benefits of quinoa here and also learn that apparently 2013 was “The International Year of Quinoa” as declared by the United States Food and Agricultural Organization. While quinoa itself is not super flavorful, this recipe is packed full of Mediterranean influenced tastes such as lemon, olive oil and feta. The consistency of quinoa takes a little getting used to, but the avocado pairing creates a creamy, more appealing texture. Plus, adding avocado to anything instantly makes it better. This is incredibly easy to make, and while I normally place salads in the ‘appetizers’ tab, this is filling enough to be an entree sized portion. Let me know what you think! 


Servings: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 roma tomato (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 cups chopped lettuce (we used Romaine because our baby spinach had gone bad, but use what you want)
  • 1 ripe avocado (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup fat free feta
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Don’t mind the spinach, we took this photo before we realized it had gone bad!!

Directions:

Combine quinoa and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 15 minutes or until all the water has absorbed. IMG_2285

Transfer quinoa to a bowl and mix in chopped tomato.IMG_2291

In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Pour over the quinoa and mix well.

Place lettuce on plates and top with avocado. IMG_2288Spoon quinoa mixture over the avocado. Sprinkle with feta and eat up!Quinoa and Avocado Salad

Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 308; Fat: 19 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 516 mg; Carbs: 26 g; Sugars: 2 g; Protein: 13 g


Amanda’s Rating: 7.5/10

Nevin’s Rating: 7.5/10

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